Ms. Gokturk

Expository Writing


REGENTS: PART A (Listening and Writing)


Overview: For this part of the test, you will listen to a speech about effective speech writing, answer some multiple-choice questions, and write a response based on the situation described below. You will hear the speech twice. You may take notes on the next page anytime you wish during the readings.


Your Task: Write an article for a handbook for incoming freshmen in which you discuss techniques for effective speech writing.



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Multiple-Choice Questions


Directions (1-{J): Use your notes to answer the following questions about the passage read to you. Select the best suggested answer and write its number in the space provided on the answer sheet. The questions may help you think about ideas and information you might use in your writing. You may return to these questions anytime you wish.


1 According to the speaker, keeping listeners' attention is more difficult with a large audience than with a small audience because people in large groups

(1) feel pressured by peers (2) feel unnoticed

(3) cannot hear the speaker clearly (4) cannot see the speaker


2 According to the speaker, knowing the age range of the audience would be helpful to a speech writer in

{1) selecting support materials (2) finding a topic (3) choosing a setting (4) predicting the number of participants


3 The speaker expresses concern about the use of the "food image" to illustrate the importance of choosing stories according to an audience's 1) size (2) location (3) gender (4) age


4 As an example of her advice to speech writers to "use only the best ingredients," the speaker recommends that speeches include

(1) sophisticated vocabulary (2) an unusual fact (3) foreign phrases (4) a generally accepted theory


5 According to the speaker, the speech writer's main, purpose in using appealing quotations and stories is to

(1) add historical accuracy (2) provide comic relief  (3) improve the speaker's credibility

(4) help the audience remember ideas


6 By asking the question, "If your audience remembered only one thing, what would you want it to be?" a speech writer can establish

(1) an intriguing opening (2) a strong ending (3) a main idea (4) an organizing principle